Margaret Applegate


IUPUI Spirit of Philanthropy Award (2018)
School of Nursing Special Recognition Award (2013)
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
School of Nursing


Dr. Margaret H. Applegate is a professor /asst. dean emeritas of nursing. She obtained a BSN, MSNEd, and EdD from Indiana University and completed a certificate program in biomedical ethics at the University of Washington. Dr. Applegate began her nursing career as a staff nurse at Riley Hospital followed by two years at the Veteran's Adm. Hospital. She taught nursing at Wishard Hospital for five years before returning to IU as a faculty member in the School of Nursing in 1966. She has taught emergency nursing, pediatric nursing, administration of higher education programs in nursing, and pediatric nursing at Wishard Hospital and at the IU School of nursing. She served as Associate Dean for ADN programs at Indiana University and as the Assistant Dean for evaluation. Dr. Applegate developed and taught health care ethics courses for the ADN, BSN, and MSN programs in nursing and established an ethics forum for nurses at Methodist Hospital. She also developed a 3 course ethics concentration focus for the doctoral program in nursing. She has served on ethics committees at University Hospital, Methodist Hospital, and Clarian as well as on the IHEN advisory committee.

She has served on the Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Board of Review, the Helene Fuld Outcome Project, and as Vice President of the National League for Nursing. She was a member of the Education Work Group and Steering Committee for the National Commission on Nursing Implementation Project and on the Nursing Education Advisory Council for the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. She was a member of the IUPUI team for the AAHE (American Assoc. of Higher Ed) Peer Review Project.

She is published in the areas of nursing education, evaluation, curriculum, and ethics. Research publications are related to nursing education and ethics.

Dr. Applegate received the 2013 Special Recognition Award in recognition of her significant contributions of time, energy and aid to the growth and development of the nursing school and its alumni.

Her retirement did not dim her devotion to the school, as shown in her volunteer efforts on the Archives Committee and the identification of alumni who served in the military as part of the school's 100th-anniversary celebration.